China had been a major buyer of Canadian soybeans, but shipments to the Asian country fell off dramatically in 2018 after Canada detained Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou at the request of the American government.  Photo: Reuters/Bryan Woolston

Canada has new top soybean buyer

Iran purchased 383,000 tonnes of soybeans from January to the end of September, worth $181 million

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – In 10 seconds or less, name the Number One buyer of Canadian soybeans in 2020. Japan? The United States? China? The answer is Iran. Why it matters: Canada has struggled to replace soybean demand from China since it disappeared in 2019. From January to the end of September, Iran bought 383,000 tonnes […] Read more

Emerging corn plants in Ontario.

Neonic ban decision expected in six months

Health Canada said it now has further information to consider in making its decision

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia — Health Canada is expected to make a decision on neonicotinoid insecticides in about six months. Federal scientists have studied neonics and their potential impact on aquatic insects for years. The final judgment was scheduled for this autumn, but now won’t happen until the spring. “Due to the vast amount of new information […] Read more

National potato harvest declines

Dry summers in Ontario, Quebec and Maritime cut into yield

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Canadian potato production will decline this year, possibly by six per cent or more. A hot and dry summer, especially in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes, cut into potato yields across the country. Why it matters: Potatoes are a high value crop for the areas across the country where they are produced. […] Read more

Mariia Tokareva walks behind a sow that has been let out of a stall as part of a University of Saskatchewan experiment.

Sow exercise benefits found lacking

Researchers wanted to know if a middle ground solution between stalls and open housing was a reasonable option

Reading Time: 4 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Pregnant sows have an intrinsic desire to leave their stalls, say swine health experts at the University of Saskatchewan. But giving sows periodic freedom to leave stalls and move about the barn doesn’t significantly improve the lives or welfare of the animals. Why it matters: Animal welfare is a key concern for […] Read more

Group sow housing deadline could be pushed back

The National Farm Animal Council has recommended a new 2029 deadline

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Pig producers in Canada may have another nine years to convert their barns to group sow housing. A report from the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) on the codes of practice for raising pigs in Canada has recommended pushing back the deadline from 2024 to 2029. A five-year review of the […] Read more

Farm income is the leading barrier to agriculture technology adoption for farmers, say 53 per cent of Ontario agriculture retailers.

Cost puts brakes on farm technology adoption

Companies that want to sell to farmers have to demonstrate value of technology

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Most farmers in southern Ontario grow soybeans and corn. Meanwhile, the typical farmer in Saskatchewan produces canola, wheat, barley and probably a pulse crop. Yet the two share similar concerns about adopting agriculture technology. Why it matters: Precision tools are becoming increasingly important to efficient, sustainable farming, yet many producers remain concerned […] Read more

McCain Foods hopes to promote alternative potato farming methods such as regenerative agriculture.

McCain builds farms to showcase sustainable practices

The company has committed to reducing the impact of its potato operations

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier Farmmedia – McCain Foods says it is building the farm of the future. The New Brunswick company announced in mid-July that it wants potato production to be more sustainable. To that end, McCain’s is establishing three Farms of the Future to learn how regenerative agriculture and innovation can work at scale in potato farming. […] Read more

Two and half decades after herbicide-resistant crops came onto the market, scientists have now adopted newer techniques to design crops.

Is the transgenic era over?

New genetic technologies, especially editing, could make genetic modification a rarely used tool

Reading Time: 5 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – The era of genetically modified crops may be over. Two and half decades after herbicide-resistant crops came onto the market, scientists have now adopted newer techniques to design crops. That’s because the new technologies are more efficient and partly because the strict regulations on GM crops have become a barrier to innovation. […] Read more

Turkey Farmers of Canada has donated an additional $80,000 to Kids Help Phone and 4-H Canada.

Turkey farmer donation helps young people

Kids Help Phone and 4-H Canada will be the beneficiaries

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – COVID-19 has been a weird and stressful time for most Canadians. Social isolation and incessant news about the pandemic can affect people in different ways, particularly kids, who may not have someone to talk to. That’s why Turkey Farmers of Canada has donated an additional $80,000 to Kids Help Phone and 4-H […] Read more

Wheat is one of the crops that could benefit from approval of ACM941.

The long route to biological approval

Promising biological pesticide is 26 years in the development and approval process so far

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Allen Xue is a patient man. About 26 years ago Xue discovered a novel fungus on the lower leaf of a field pea plant, while he was working as a plant pathologist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Morden, Man. Xue later learned the fungus, a strain of Clonostachys rosea called ACM941, […] Read more